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Thu, 06/23/2022 — LAWRENCE – Human anti-trafficking campaigns rely on the “three p’s” of prevention, protection and prosecution. But a fourth one – preemption – has now resulted in a thorny controversy. A new book titled “Unmaking Migrants: Nigeria's Campaign to End Human Trafficking” reveals how government agents have stopped thousands of women during the past 20 years from traveling out of the country and instead sent them to the federal counter-trafficking agency for “protection and rehabilitation.” Nigerian officials defend this tactic as preemptive intervention. Yet many of the women protest their detention, insist they are not being trafficked and demand to be released. It’s

Thu, 06/23/2022 — The University of Kansas Department of Mathematics recently recognized its undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for outstanding academic and teaching achievements. Two students received certificates and plaques from the Kansas...

Thu, 06/23/2022 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is among the top 30 law schools in the country, according to new rankings. KU Law ranks 10th among public law schools and 30th overall in this year’s Top 50 Law School Rankings from Above the Law. The legal news outlet’s list focuses on employment outcomes, low education cost and low graduate debt. KU Law rose 14 spots overall compared to 2021. “KU Law is committed to providing value to our students. That value goes beyond affordability – we prepare our students to pursue careers driven by their interests,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of Law. “Through an extensive hands-on learning program, career

Thu, 06/23/2022 — The position description for the inaugural executive dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas has been posted, and applications and nominations are being accepted. The search committee, led by Simon Atkinson,

Wed, 06/22/2022 — LAWRENCE – It’s an overstatement to say that the current movement to topple statues of Christopher Columbus and end Columbus Day celebrations began with John Brougham’s “Columbus” burlesque of 1857-1876. But a new, critical, online edition of the play’s fluid text calls it an early and thus an important example of American literature criticizing Columbus’ colonial crimes. What is termed a “microedition” of “John Brougham’s Columbus Burlesque” has been published in the latest edition of the journal Scholarly Editing. Laura Mielke, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Kansas, co-edited the microedition with former KU doctoral student Rachel Linnea Brown

Tue, 06/21/2022 — Colleges and universities across the U.S. have seen a decades-long push for scholars to carry out “multidisciplinary” research — academic work that combines experts from different fields who mix know-how to work on a certain...

Tue, 06/21/2022 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has selected a new leader to oversee its civil rights and Title IX efforts. Lauren Jones McKown – an accomplished attorney, higher education administrator and KU alumna – has been named KU’s associate vice chancellor for civil rights & Title IX. McKown comes to KU from Northern Virginia Community College, where she serves as the institution’s Title IX coordinator. In this role, she administers the college’s Title IX grievance procedure, provides support measures for reports of sexual misconduct, builds Title IX awareness and compliance programs for the institution’s six campuses, and provides training for students, staff,

Tue, 06/21/2022 — The University of Kansas community is remembering electrician Terrence “Bones” Morris, who died Feb. 22 at age 60. "I am deeply saddened at the death of Terrence ‘Bones’ Morris, who proudly and dutifully served our university for decades,

Mon, 06/20/2022 — LAWRENCE – In the conventional telling of African American literary history, the 1930s are overshadowed, at best, by the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the social realism/protest novels of the 1940s. But a new volume on the decade marked indelibly by the Great Depression takes a closer look and finds important transitions between one era and the other occasioned by such disparate forces as the New Deal and the Communist Party USA. “African American Literature in Transition, 1930-1940” is the 10th volume in a planned series of 17 from Cambridge University Press. Ayesha Hardison, University of Kansas associate professor of English, co-edited the collection of

Fri, 06/17/2022 — The University of Kansas’ designation as a Department of Defense (DoD) Language Training Center has been renewed through 2025. The Language Training Center Program, a DoD initiative established in 2011, leverages U.S. institutions of higher...

Thu, 06/16/2022 — The University of Kanas community is remembering David Jarmolowicz, associate professor of applied behavioral science, who died May 22. He was 45. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Dave Jarmolowicz, a dedicated...

Thu, 06/16/2022 — The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design has announced the recipients of the 2021 KU Architecture & Design Alumni Awards. Established in 2017, the KU Architecture & Design Alumni Awards recognize graduates of the...

Thu, 06/16/2022 — Crystal Burkhardt, clinical professor in the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, has been selected to participate in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program, coordinated by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Burkhardt is one...

Thu, 06/16/2022 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law’s moot court program is 14th in the nation, according to rankings published recently by the University of Houston Law Center. The rankings are determined by a point system, awarding point values in various categories for successes in regional and national competitions throughout the year. KU Law has earned enough points to rank in the top 30 teams nationally for the past seven years.   “Our students were amazing this season,” said Pamela Keller, clinical professor of law and director of KU’s moot court program. “They all worked incredibly hard in their individual competitions. We had more teams advance to the upper

Thu, 06/16/2022 — Every day, Americans see more battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) on the road. According to Fortune Business Insights, the market for electric vehicles in the U.S. is expected to grow from $28.24 billion in 2021 to $137.43 billion in 2028. The...

Wed, 06/15/2022 — The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas recognized the academic, research and teaching achievements of department majors by awarding over $170,000 in awards and scholarships at the Awards and Graduation Recognition Ceremony on...

Wed, 06/15/2022 — Company or country? In this “age of nationalism,” workers often find themselves employed in local subsidiaries of multinational enterprises (MNEs). But according to Minyoung Kim, associate professor of strategic management and Frank T....

Tue, 06/14/2022 — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on June 10 at a ceremony held in the KLETC Integrity Auditorium. Officer Dustin Hiebsch of the Pittsburg Police Department was the...

Mon, 06/13/2022 — Students learning to solve math word problems can struggle to combine mathematical and language skills. For English language learners, the fastest-growing minority in U.S. schools, that challenge can be even greater as they attempt to learn math...

Mon, 06/13/2022 — LAWRENCE – A grant from the National Science Foundation will permit a University of Kansas professor to work with Congolese refugees in the Kansas City area on a project he hopes will elucidate certain Bantu language features while bolstering KU’s status as a hub for both African and linguistic studies. John Gluckman, assistant professor of linguistics, will receive $320,000 for the grant. Bantu is a family of more than 600 languages spoken throughout central, southern and east Africa. According to an abstract describing his proposal, Gluckman wrote that it “expands the general understanding of sentences-within-sentences by focusing on variation within the Bantu


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